COVID-19 Resources

Message from the Director

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that we’re doing all we can to help our community. We will continue to prioritize the safety of our employees while working to support Culpeper County businesses, community leaders, and residents during this time. Below are some resources to help those who have been affected by COVID-19.

Phil Sheridan, Director of Culpeper County Economic Development


Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant update and Round 2

Culpeper Cares Awards $956,742 in Recovery Grants to Small Businesses & 501c3 Entities

The Culpeper County Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce the award of
economic recovery grant funds totaling $956,742 to ninety (90) local businesses and 501c3 nonprofit organizations through the Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant fund, a joint economic recovery program of the County and the Town.

The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors by its commitment of federal CARES Act funds to the
Culpeper Cares program financially supports the award of cash grants to small businesses and
501c3 organizations to assist with operational costs during a time when local companies are hard
hit with significant reductions in revenue and cash flow.

The Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant fund will be opening a second round of
applications on August 26, 2020, with a September 9, 2020 deadline. In the second round, the
local for-profit businesses will have access to $1.8M and the 501c3 non-profit organizations will
have access to $355,000.

It is intended that the eligibility criteria for the second round of Culpeper Cares grant funds will
make the award of funds more accessible to Culpeper businesses and organizations. Specifically,
the annual gross receipts cap has been removed; the business age eligibility has been slightly
expanded; and privately owned and operated franchise establishments may now apply. All types
of businesses, including agricultural operations which may not have qualified in the first round are
encouraged to take advantage of these funds with the revised criteria.

The primary grant fund qualifications do remain the same – all applicants will need to demonstrate
a 25% economic injury due to COVID-19; be a legally operating business or organization in
Culpeper, Virginia; will need to have between zero (0) and fifty (50) full-time equivalent
employees; be current on local taxes; and will have to complete an interest form first, followed by
the online application and provide all of the required supporting documentation required to verify

“Round one results are a good starting point, and with the eligibility criteria changes for round
two, I anticipate we will be able to reach a wider range of businesses and organizations in our
community. COVID-19 continues to disrupt Culpeper’s industries, from our restaurants to our
farms, our merchants to our manufacturers. The impact to each industry may vary, but each
business and organization has experienced economic injury. The Culpeper Cares grant is designed
to provide short term operational relief to qualifying businesses and organizations, and I look
forward to seeing the continued success of this program as we prepare to open round two on August 26th,”

-Chairman of the Board, Gary Deal has stated.

The Culpeper County Department of Economic Development Office and the Town of Culpeper
Department of Tourism are available to answer questions and provide assistance to businesses with
regard to the application process.

To learn more about Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant , Round Two, please visit:

You may also email or call Phil Sheridan at (540)727-3410.

Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant

Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery GrantCulpeper Cares is a new $3.3 million grant program to assist small businesses in Culpeper County and the Town of Culpeper, Virginia affected by COVID-19. The program is funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to Culpeper County and the Town of Culpeper and will be administered by Community Investment Collaborative (CIC). The program’s primary purpose is to provide immediate relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Culpeper County and the Town of Culpeper hope to help small businesses remain in business through the COVID-19 emergency and address gaps that may exist among complementary programs.  Grants will be made in the amounts of $10,000, $15,000, or $20,000 and will be based upon the number of full-time equivalent employees.

Culpeper Cares Grant Interest Form

Please click here to complete the Culpeper Cares grant interest form. This is NOT the grant application. We will use the information captured in the interest form to notify you when the grant application opens on July 14, 2020. This is a required step in the process. The application will be an online form, backed by Lenderfit, which you have to be invited to. The interest form generates your invitation.

Need help? This below video and presentation walks users through the Culpeper Cares grant application.   For more assistance contact the Department of Tourism and Economic Development at 540-727-0611 or by email:


Filing for Unemployment

Community Awareness Podcast | Work Talk; Episode 27 :  How to File Unemployment Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

In this (first) special community awareness podcast, you’ll discover how to file unemployment insurance when local Virginia Career Works centers are closed. You’ll learn how to determine if you are eligible for unemployment insurance, what’s next, and the changes that have been made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to the Podcast Here:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Affected workers, like the self-employed, who are not eligible under traditional unemployment insurance may be eligible under this brand new federal program. 

Economic Impact Payments

The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.  Check the status of your payment.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

Notice: Now Accepting New Applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance: On June 15, SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from all eligible small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. To learn more about eligibility and apply, click here.

To learn more about the relief options available for your business, click here.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.


• Print out all application forms.  Here are the forms you will need to complete to apply for SBA loans:

ELA0-Business Loan Application (SBA 5)
ELA0-Fee Disclosure Form and Comp Agreement (SBA 159)
ELA0-Loan Application (Sole Prop) SBA 5C
ELA0-Monthly Sales Figures (SBA 1368)
Financial Statement (SBA 912)

• If you are uploading forms put a blank page between documents.
• Do not upload more than 7MB in one documents (separate).
• Save everything!
• Non-peak hours to upload are 7pm-7am.
• If at first the system is not recognizing your county or state, Make sure you entered your type of business AND clicked on EIDL only under the “Are you applying for:” section.. Otherwise, please wait a while and try again. Disaster is moving as fast as it can, but each state and individual county needs to be entered. Like everything else with Covid-19, this level of activity was never anticipated.
• If you are having trouble entering numbers, type them into a Word document, copy and paste.

Additional SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center at Culpeper

The Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center at Culpeper is a U.S. Small Business Administration Resource Partner and as such we also can assist with questions concerning the SBA EIDL loan program. The office is currently closed and we are teleworking, and monitoring the phones daily. For assistance call or email David Reardon, Business Consultant at 540-727-0638 or  Additional information can be found on their COVID-19 Resources webpage.

Other Grant Opportunities

Facebook Grants – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate.

VA 30 Day Fund – The non-profit Virginia 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for Virginia-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding.

Star –Exponent announces grant program to provide marketing assistance to local business impacted by COVID-19– Grants will range from $250 to $15,000 each month, and will be awarded in April, May and June. Applicants may apply online at

Southern Smoke Foundation – Emergency Funding Opportunity For Employees in the Food And Beverage Industry: Southern Smoke Foundation provides funding to individuals in the food and beverage industry who are in crisis. To qualify for emergency relief funding you must have worked in the food and beverage industry for a minimum of 6 months and an average of 30 hours per week minimum. Every applicant must show proof of such employment, so please have paycheck stubs and/or W2s available.

People Incorporated of Virginia, a Virginia-based nonprofit, is now offering forgivable U.S. Small Business Administration microloans to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in Culpeper. For information, call the People Inc. Business Lending toll free number at 833/437-0115.

Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus, as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All.  In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.

The Red Backpack Fund – Since its inception, Spanx and The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation have been dedicated to elevating and supporting women through entrepreneurship. Knowing the ripple effect that empowering women can have to strengthen communities, the foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving is making at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the impact of the crisis.  The Red Backpack Fund application portal will next open from July 6-13. Sign up to be notified by email when the application portal opens. Please note, eligible applications from previous grant rounds will be rolled over and considered in this round. Sign up to be notified when the next round applications opens.

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